(WTNH)–If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with fantasy football.
Of course, you love it when your team is balling, Marvin Jones Jr. goes for 43.50 points, Devonta Freeman goes off for another 28.00, and you crush that annoying co-worker in your matchup.
And you hate it when Julian Edelman does nothing, Tyler Lockett is a disappointment even to his immediate family, and Isaiah Crowell gets stuffed over and over again at the line of scrimamge instead of going off for 20 points like he did the week before, only this time he’s in your starting lineup killing you and not on your bench, killing you because you REALLY NEEDED those points last week.
OK. Deep breaths.
If you’re like me (clearly on the hate side at this particular point in time), we’ve got some solutions for you.
Pick up these guys this week, then sit back and watch as they rack up the points, make you feel good about checking your Fantasy app 475 times on Sunday, and most importantly, help you come away with a win over that other really annoying guy you work with:
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Cleveland Browns.
Pryor looked like he was back in Columbus–slinging the ball around like he did in his college days at Ohio State and using his athleticism to make plays all over the field. Pryor caught 8-of-14 targets for 144 yards, rushed for 21 yards, and completed 3 of 5 passes for 35 yards. It was an incredible fantasy performance, as he racked up 28.75 points in our News 8 league.
The 27-year-old looks like he’ll continue to get some snaps in the wildcat formation as a QB, and could have tremendous value going forward. It’s clear the Browns don’t want to rely solely on third-string rookie Cody Kessler, who has been thrust into the starting lineup after injuries to Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown. Grab Pryor now if you still can.
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears.
Bears starter Jeremy Langford was carted off the field on Sunday night with an ankle injury, and it’s become clear that he’s going to miss some time. So Howard will get the start for Chicago against a leaky Lions defense, which is allowing a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry to running backs.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, New York Giants.
If you need a streaming running back, Darkwa could pay off nicely for you, as Shane Vereen was placed on injured reserve because of a triceps injury, and Rashad Jennings is questionable with a thumb injury. If Jennings doesn’t play, Darkwa will be the No. 1 back for the Giants. He’s a great guy to take a flyer on if you’re in need of RB production, and could pay off even more if Jennings’ injury continues to keep him sidelined.
Dwayne Washington, RB, Detroit Lions.
The Lions lost Ameer Abdullah for the season and have seen Theo Riddick struggle over the last few weeks, which means that Washington is on the verge of getting his big shot. He got 10 carries last week (same as Riddick), and looks to have terrific upside in PPR leagues.
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings.
He’s had a terrific start to the year, posting 8, 10.50 and 16.50 points in three games. Rudolph’s role in the offense appears to have increased with Bradford under center, and he’s got the chance to be one of the best tight ends in the league going forward. Pick him up now if you’ve got a place to stash him, or if you need tight end help.
Hunter Henry, TE, San Diego Chargers.
If you’re in need of a streaming tight end, Henry, who’s available in 93% of Yahoo! leagues, is an absolute steal. He’s likely to start with Antonio Gates still nursing an injured hamstring, and he’s going up against a horrendous Saints defense that just allowed 200 rushing yards to Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.